Thursday, 28 May 2020

Almost Never - Amy Lamont


Book: Almost Never
Author: Amy Lamont
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 13th September 2018

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 28th May 2020

Description:

Son of an aging rock star, Declan Cooper is considered royalty on the Warren College campus. When he meets petite freshman Harper Warden, he dismisses her as just another groupie. He realizes his mistake pretty quickly, but despite his near-obsession with the premed student, he keeps his distance. The last thing she needs is the notoriety that comes along with being connected to his infamous family.

Getting blown off by the sexy and popular King of Campus is the kiss of death for the new life Harper hoped to make for herself at college. Her only goal now is to get into medical school so she can leave her past, and Declan Cooper, far behind. But when the plans Harper made are threatened, Declan might be the only person who can help. All she has to do is trust him with a few small things—like her heart and her future.

Review: 

This starts with what I guess is a prologue where we see Harper joining Declan at her first campus party. Things don't go as she was hoping when she sees her high-school bully whispering and pointing in her direction and the rumours she's spreading get back to Declan. Fast forward two years and neither has spoken to the other, though they keep secretly checking on the other, and only come together again when they see a mutual opportunity: Harper will help him pass a class and Declan will help her be noticed by her professor. Their attraction blooms once more as they spend time together again

I'll admit the cover pulled me in and when I got this, it was free.

I liked this initially but I started to lose interest about the 40% mark. It just wasn't gelling with me, I found the style a little awkward at times and Harpers attitude rubbed me the wrong way. She thought the worst of everyone and everything. It's like she didn't see anything as a bright spot, it was all down and out. One quote seemed fitting: 
"I guess overreacting is my thing lately."
How about all the time?! Maybe some of it was warranted but come one! I got very fed up with her look on life. So much so that I totally lost interest in this one. I didn't read the sex scene as I didn't really care about the characters or the storyline, but I wanted to finish it.

And I did. Finally.

I'm glad Harper finally got a backbone, dealing with her aunt and getting into that much longed for medical program. And I'm glad Declan stood up to his dad. Other than that, I didn't care about the rest.

This didn't work for me at all and I'm not sure if I'll be reading more books by this author.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

The Longest Holiday - Paige Toon


Book: The Longest Holiday
Author: Paige Toon
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 25th April 2013

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 20th May 2020

Description:

Laura has been married to the man of her dreams for seven months. But, she now discovers, a week before the wedding Matthew made a terrible mistake …

Escaping the heartache and humiliation, Laura is whisked off to Florida's Key West by her best friend Marty. A carefree holiday full of cocktails and fun, surrounded by gorgeous, tanned men, is exactly what the doctor ordered. Distraction comes in the form of sexy Cuban scuba diver Leo. As the end of the holiday approaches, Laura doesn't want to go home. Is it time to face the music? Or is there more to Key West than a holiday romance? 

Review:

As some regulars visitors to my blog will know, Paige Toon is an author I am diligently working my way through. I think I'm about 80% done with her catalogue now, though she has got a new release out which I haven't got my hands on yet.

So this one starts with Laura flying off to Miami for two weeks with her friend Marty and one of Marty's close friends, Bridget, as she tries to escape her life in London after finding out her new husband, Matthew, got another woman pregnant on his stag night. The girls head down to Key West to enjoy the sunshine and beaches and sign up for a SCUBA diving course where Laura meets Leo, an attractive man she caught sight of a few days earlier. There's an instant attraction between them but when Leo finds out she's married he keeps her at arms length and since Laura is pretty determined her marriage is over, she finally gets him to give in. What follows is a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions as Laura stays in Key West for longer than the two weeks in what becomes the Longest Holiday.

I was really into this until near the end when we started to see things from Leo's POV. The end bit got a little hard to read when Leo goes to London to see Laura and I didn't think that bit was drawn out enough, though I was crying like a baby at times. It hit me in the feels big time.

And then we got the epilogue and we see Laura happy for the first time in months.

I grew to like a lot of the characters in this: Laura, Leo, Bridget, Jorge and even Mike. Pretty much everyone else seemed to be pro-Matthew which annoyed (me and) Laura, which I totally understood.

I'll be reading more of this author's books soon I'm sure.

Monday, 18 May 2020

The Darkest Touch - Gena Showalter


Book: The Darkest Touch
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld, #11
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Demons, Mythology
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 25th November 2014

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 17th May 2020 

Description:

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

Review:

I read the first six or so of these books back to back years ago and got to really like this group of friends. I've read the odd book in the series since then and this has been on my shelf for over a year now.

This one starts with Torin accidentally killing a fellow prisoner, Mari, after she touched him and him trying to bring her back. Keeleycael, a fellow prisoner and the Red Queen, was Mari's friend and tells Torin she will kill him for taking her friends life after she escapes. They both manage to escape the prison not long after and the ruthlessness they both show in killing the evil creatures that roam outside the castle helps the burning desire they feel for each other flare to life.

Can I say I really enjoyed this!

I'd forgotten a lot of the banter between the Lords and Torin was equal parts fun and tortured. I loved his attitude when they were going through the different realms. He was protective, sarcastic and permanently turned on. Add in that he's the Keeper of Disease and can't keep his hands off Keeley half the time and, well, you can imagine what ends up happening.
Keeley was a little unhinged at the start of this having been locked up in her prison for centuries as she plotted her escape but after they escape she chilled out a lot and I loved her - sort of - one track mind in regards to Torin. She wanted him and was determined to seduce him.

I was also really into a side story in this: Cameo and Lazarus! And of course William (the ever randy) and his thing for Gilly. I am so interested in seeing where those go - so I went straight off to Amazon and ordered paperbacks of books 12-14!

Reading this has made me remember how much I enjoy these books an I cannot wait to read more them.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Fear for Me - Cynthia Eden


Book: Fear for Me
Author: Cynthia Eden
Series: For Me, #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Dark, Second Chance Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication date:

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 10th May 2020

Description:

She’s the obsession two men share: one wants her love, the other wants her life.

A shared passion for justice first brought Baton Rouge district attorney Lauren Chandler and US marshal Anthony Ross together—when each played their part in bringing down the infamous Bayou Butcher. The sparks flying between the two made it clear they weren’t just a legal dream team. Then desire had to make way for duty, and what they had was done. But it would never be over.

Five years later, it’s none other than the Butcher who gets things started again, when his shocking jailbreak reunites the lawyer and the lawman…and reignites their love. But this time, the pair is in danger of being permanently parted—by a killer with revenge on his mind, and Lauren on the top of his list. As a new wave of terror sweeps through the streets and swamps of Baton Rouge, one man will pit his boundless passion against another’s relentless hate, for the life of the woman who obsesses them both.


Review:

I read the first book in this series a few years ago and it was ok - judging by my review on Goodreads of it - but I wasn't overly in to it. This one has been on my Kindle for a few years now so it's about time I read it.

This starts with the "Bayou Butcher" serial killer - Jon Walker - breaking out of prison and setting out to kill the people who put him there starting with Lauren Chandler, the DA that made sure he went down for life, as well as the judge and those on the jury. In comes Anthony Ross, a Marshall, who tracked Walker down the first time and Lauren's ex.

I was equally drawn into this when they were hunting Walker and freaked out when we had scenes from Walker's POV as he went about killing. The more I read, though, the more I was convinced that Walker wasn't doing everything alone and then it was the mystery of just who Walker was in league with that had me reading. I thought I had it figured out but I was so wrong.

The romance reignited between Lauren and Anthony as neither had really gotten over the other in the five years since they'd parted ways. It was nice to see inside both of their heads and what their feelings were towards the other. I'll be honest. I wasn't that interested in the romance so I skipped the sex scenes in this, totally uninterested.

I don't think I'll be reading the last book in the series. I'm not that into Romantic Suspense anymore.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Soul in Darkness - Wendy Higgins


Book: Soul in Darkness
Author: Wendy Higgins
Genres: Mythology, Romance, Retellings
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 12th February 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 4th May 2020

Description:

People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche's punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche from Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.


Review:

I've always been intrigued by mythology but I've always known more Greek mythology than Roman so the chance to read more of the Roman mythology and a tale of the God of Love, Cupid, himself? I had to read this.

Psyche is the human Princess whose looks have stunned her cities inhabitants into following her around and giving her gifts all her life. She can do no wrong in their eyes. But in giving the gifts to Psyche and not to the Gods, they've angered them and Psyche must be sacrificed by her family to marry a winged monster. But not all is as it seems.

I was really drawn into this story so easily. I was intrigued by the person Psyche was forced into marrying and it was amazing how quickly I came to like him. Of course I figured out who her husband was pretty quickly and the scenes between them were rather intimate at times and not always sexual.

Both Cupid and Psyche are looking for someone to love them for them and not for their looks. It was great to see the journey they both went on and I even cried at one point because I was so invested in them.

If you like mythology or any of Wendy Higgins' other book then you should give this a try.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Rookie Move - Sarina Bowen


Book: Rookie Move
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers, #1
Genres: Second Chance Romance, Sports, Contemporary
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 6th September 2016

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: May 2nd 2020

Description:

Georgia Worthington and Leo Trevi were the golden couple of their high school. He was the hockey team captain, she was a tennis star. Until graduation, when tragedy pulled them apart.

Five years later, everything's coming together for Leo. His dreams of playing professional hockey seem to be coming true as he's called up from the minors to play for the NHL's newest team. The only problem? The team's publicist is the woman who broke his heart.

As she tries to prove herself as the senior PR specialist for a major NHL franchise, the last thing Georgia needs is the distraction of her former flame. But when Leo arrives at the press conference that can make or break her career, Georgia realizes that the man she put her on ice might still be able to melt her heart.


Review:

Georgia works as the PR girl for the up and coming NFL team The Brooklyn Bruisers and it just so happens that her boyfriend from six years ago Leo Trevi has been drafted to the team. Georgia tries to stay professional but neither has gotten over the other in the ensuing years and as much as she tries to stay away from him, it's impossible.

I did enjoy this. I'm not into any kind of sports really and American sports - I have no idea about, so it flies right over my head. The romance was really sweet, though. How Leo is determined to get back the girl he lost so tragically all those years ago. It choked me up a little towards the end when they finally talk about what happened in the past and how it affected them both.

I liked the cast of characters, too. O' Doul - the Captain, Silas - the backup goalie, Becca - Georgia's best friend and Nate - the owner. O' Doul's book is next in the series and I'm intrigued which girl will tame him and I'm pretty sure something is going to happen between Nate and Becca. I think Silas also has his own book in the series, too.

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